King & Wood Mallesons has attracted another leading partner, Simon Meng, who joined the firm's Shanghai office from Herbert Smith on 1 September. This follows the announcement of the arrival of Dirk Walker from Dewey & LeBoeuf in Beijing who brought over a team of oil & gas specialists including Dina Yin from Linklaters.
Simon's practice focuses on China-related M&A and projects work. With more than 20 years experience representing multinationals, Simon is a leading practitioner in M&A, direct investments and joint ventures in China. Simon's prior experience includes practicing in Paris, New York and Hong Kong.
Rupert Li, King & Wood Mallesons' International Managing Partner said "This is another coup for the firm. I've known Simon for many years. He is an outstanding lawyer and an enormous addition to our team. His vast experience is a great asset to our Shanghai office and ot the expansion of our cross-border M&A and Projects' platform. Simon's arrival demonstrates our commitment to investing in this area as a priority in order to meet a growing demand from clients."
Commenting on his decision, Simon said "Joining King & Wood Mallesons is a great opportunity, and to be part of a new venture like this is an exciting proposition for me and my clients. The firm has a clear strategy and one that resonates with me and with multinationals expanding in this region. With its regional platform and dominant position in China, King & Wood Mallesons offers a clear competitive advantage in the fields I have been practicing in for the past two decades. The firm is definitely shaping the future competitive landscape."
King & Wood Mallesons' combination took effect on 1 March 2012. Its Shanghai capability includes nearly 40 partners and over 200 lawyers. The firm has more than 1800 lawyers across the Asia Pacific region including nearly 1100 fee earners in Greater China. King & Wood Mallesons is the only firm in the world licensed to practice PRC, Hong Kong, Australian and English law.
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